Beautiful beaches and overaffectionate local men.
Langkawi Travel Blog› entry 3 of 3 › view all entries
June 15th, 2010 – by: Queenofmuffins
I was anxious about my accomodation- for most of my trip I'd booked a suitably low-priced hostel months in advance, but Langkawi being the tourist resort that it is, suitable budget accomodation is hard to find. I'd e-mailed a place called Geko's Guesthouse months before but got told that e-mail bookings were not accepted. I just had to hope there would be a vacancy when I turned up.
I wasn't in luck. I ran out of the Taxi getting completely soaked and was dismayed to learn that Geko was completely booked out.
He made some calls on my behalf (didn't charge me a thing!) and drove me to a different hostel a few minutes down the road, which proclaimed themselves as having 19 RM rooms AND a swimming pool! This swimming pool, I was to learn the next morning in the daylight, had greener water than the grass around it.
We turned up at the hostel and the owner insisted on showing me the room. It was plain but clean, with 2 beds. I was just happy to get out of the rain. Happy, that is, until the owner demanded 30 RM for the room. 30 RM!
I flately refused, and asked to see the 19 RM room we'd requested on the phone. He warned me about the mosquitos, but for 19 RM I was willing to brave anything. He sighed, and reluctantly led me upstairs to a wooden room with four beds. I liked this room better- it seemed a lot more "traditional" than the sterile room he'd offered me below. I slept fine, despite the mosquitos, and the cow mooing outside my window at midnight!
The next morning, I found Amarni's Guesthouse (next to Daddy's) who had a 6 bed fan dorm for 15 RM a night, which I shared with some amazing people.
I spent many days wandering around the beaches and the main street, which was ridiculously touristy. I didn't find any street food, but I did find a resteraunt called the "Nasi Tomatoe" which served cheap food, Indian dishes, and delicious fruit juices, all for a few dollars or less.
On my last day there, I decided to taking an island hopping tour for 25 RM. Unfortuently a group of older, foreign men took an interest in me, and insisted on having photo's/stroking my knees. It didn't bother me too much, as the islands we saw were so beautiful.
During the entire trip, which was run by 2 local boys, I felt very uncomfortable as they wouldn't leave me alone- wanting to swim with me, sit next to me, calling my name then just giggling, stroking my arms.
I turned up at the bar at 10 with my Aussie friend and her English boyfriend in tow, and luckily we didn't see the guys from the tour. We decided to stay and relax, listen to the music, as this was my last night. After awhile another local sat down at our table. As my two companions got...intimate... he sat down next to me and asked to "make-out". I didn't even know his name! He insisted on buying me a drink, despite my protests, then when I left a little while later (I had an early flight the next morning) he followed me, insisting on walking me home.
After such a harrowing expierence, I decided to go down to the beach and look at the stars. While walking across it another local, kicking a beachball, decided to follow me. When I laid down to look at the stars, he laid down next to me, and rested his head in the crook of my arm! He then grabbed my mouth and cheeks, for whatever reason. I pushed him off and walked off down the beach- he followed, but again, the hostel worker came to my rescue. When he saw me talking with him, he followed for a bit before finally walking off. Shaken, I went back to my room.
Sorry for the long post. I hope my expierences haven't put anyone off to seeing Langkawi- it's a tourist trap, but beautiful. I'd highly reccomend going there at least once.
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